GHANA ELECTION: John Mahama Selects First Female Running Mate for Major Party

Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang & John Dramani Mahama Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang & John Dramani Mahama

As Ghana’s 2020 election moves closer, Former Ghana President John Mahama, who is set to retake the Presidency has announced on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year’s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party’s presidential ticket.

Opoku-Agyemang, 69, served as Ghana’s education minister between 2013 and 2017 under Mahama’s presidency. She also became the first female vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008.

She has also served in various other positions both locally and internationally, traits Mahama is confident will help him clinch back the presidency, as he called her a “God-fearing, distinguished scholar, conscientious public servant and a role model”.

John Dramani Mahama had served as President of Ghana from 24 July 2012 to 7 January 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012, and took office as President on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor

He is from the National Democratic Congress, and will be contesting against the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who defeated him in the last election.

The December election will mark the third time that the two leaders have gone head to head against each other for the presidency.

President Akufo-Addo said last week that the COVID-19 pandemic would not derail the planned elections.

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